What’s day three in Kaikoura been like then?

It has been three days since a magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked the country and cut off Kaikoura.

Here’s what you need to know.

Power supply is intermittent, and could take weeks to restore to rural areas.

There is no functioning sewerage system in the town, and Civil Defence said it is looking to bring in chemical wipes and sanitiser.

Fuel is available for the emergency services only, but is expected to be fully available by the weekend.

Prime Minister John Key is pledging a business support package in the next 42-48 hours.

Half of Kaikoura has access to the town water supply and Civil Defence is expecting that to be increased to 75 percent by mid-morning.

HMNZS Wellington has reached Kaikoura and the Canterbury is on the way, with helicopters already ferrying people away.

Vessels Frigates from Australia, Canada and the United States are also due to arrive in Kaikoura this morning, after being diverted from a naval gathering in the Hauraki Gulf.

However, there is concern the quake has changed the seabed, stopping boats from being able to dock.

Road contruction company Fulton Hogan says there are more than 200 slips near Kaikoura and the initial clean up will cost millions.

Twenty five soldiers are going door-to-door to check on people.

NZTA’s highway manager Neil Walker says there are teams working on bridges and looking at slips on Route 70 between Culverden and Kaikoura.

The inland route between Picton and Christchurch is open, but this route takes about 90 minutes more than State Highway One through Kaikoura.

At least a quarter of the people who live in the tiny North Canterbury town of Waiau are sleeping at the local school because their homes are so badly quake damaged.

They are without power, a water supply or cellphone coverage and the Waiau School principal, Mary Kimber says many of the town’s 400 residents have simply left.

Let’s hope the whinging poms and that Belgian are still enjoying our hospitality for another day.  Or two.

 

– RNZ

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